There are many challenges to living in Wisconsin. Let's take some time to celebrate what makes it all worth it. (Photo and tow truck call by Jonathon Sadowski)
There are many challenges to living in Wisconsin. Let's take some time to celebrate what makes it all worth it. (Photo and tow truck call by Jonathon Sadowski)

Some UpNorthNews Valentines to Wisconsin

It’s another bone chilling day on the frozen tundra. But it’s also Valentines Day, and we thought we’d share a little of what we and some of our readers love most about life in Wisconsin.

  • Jonathon Sadowski put on some miles, and some calories, chasing his favorite Wisconsin feature, the butter burger.
  • Travel writer Mary Bergin shows us how Wisconsin’s supper club atmosphere has become a valentine to restauranteurs the world over.
  • You don’t have to be born in Wisconsin, Julian Emerson writes, to discover this state is your true home.
  • Jessica VanEgeren had to leave Wisconsin for awhile before absence made the heart grow fonder… for cheese.

Our readers shared some thoughts as well:

Mel S. –  “It’s the retired man across the street who snow blows my driveway before I can get dressed to shovel it out myself,  or the man at the grocery store who keeps my car door open in the -15 degree winter wind so I can load my groceries into the back seat.  It’s the people who recognize your faded “Leinies Honey Weiss” shirt and say, “Go Pack” in your own language on the busiest street corner of a foreign city.” 

TJ – “Absence makes my heart grow fonder now that I live away. Separation reveals how rare and fragile your qualities. You bestowed the finest public education on me and mine. Your communities, your hospitals and too much more, I took for granted. A teacher said the Capitol was a temple of democracy and my eyes rolled. Searching for a new home, I think of you daily and know my teacher was right.”

Linda H. – “Whether you are outside taking in the crisp, clean, invigorating beauty OR inside enjoying a soothing cuppa while watching the powerful winter weather unfold, WISCONSIN life is food for your soul!”

Ed L. – “I am a transplant to Wisconsin I’ve seen and visited all 50 states and when people ask, I tell them yes, my favorite is Wisconsin. I love the diversity Wisconsin presents, the people culture, and especially the ever changing landscapes north to south, east to west.”

And from Lisa Lucas (with accompanying photo from her brother, Alexander Bahr), “It’s easy to forget during winter that we are swarmed in something actually beautiful!”

We hope you enjoy reading all the reasons why we are so Unabashedly Wisconsin. Happy Valentines Day.